Parenting in the New Age

By Satish Purohit

February 2011

Seers, Mystics and Teachers say the world is at the cusp of an important shift in consciousness. It is important that we raise conscious children who become partners, agents of change and winners in this new world.

Starting Young
There are organisations across the world like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living, Chinmaya Mission Bal Vihar (5-12 years) and Chinmaya Yuva Kendras (14-28 years), and Sadhu Vaswani Mission that offer spiritual training through field trips, social service projects, games, story-telling and music for free or at nominal charges. Some organisations also bring out magazines for children like Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas magazine, Sadhu Vaswani Mission’s Mira, Chinmaya Udghosh and Akram Express by the Dada Bhagwan organisation. “As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives,” said Henry David Thoreau, the sage of Boston on the nature of samskaras.


Spiritual Parenting
In the Hindu tradition, parents are expected to pass on five basic spiritual beliefs to their children. Sarva Brahman: There is one Supreme Being, all-pervasive, transcendent, creator, preserver, destroyer, manifesting in various forms, worshiped in all religions by many names, the immortal Self in all. Mandira: God, other divine beings and highly evolved souls exist in unseen worlds. Temple worship, fire ceremonies, sacraments and devotionals open channels for us to receive their blessings, help and guidance. Karma: We get what we deserve. There is justice in the world and the hereafter. Samsara-Moksha: Souls keep learning from one birth to another till they all unite with God. Veda guru: The scriptures and awakened souls should be honoured.

-Hinduism Today magazine

“You are such a fool,” my father told me recently, “How come my granddaughter is so smart?”

“We are improving with every generation,” I told him.


I was a problem child. All through my school days, not a year passed when my father was not called to the school. If I was not beating someone up, I was getting beaten up or doing something outrageous like peeing on the leg of a classmate’s trousers.

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Purnima Yogi

The cover story n parenting by Purohit is comprehensive and interesting. The fact that parenting begins at the moment of conception, and learning happens in the mother‘s womb itself is beautifully illustrated by the story of Abhimanyu, son of Arjuna and Subhadra. Lord Krishna, Subhadra‘s brother was explaining the intricacies of warfare to her when she was pregnant, and Abhimanyu, inside his mother‘s womb, listened intently and assimilated it throughly. Krishna finished explaining how to break the ‘Chakravyuh‘ formation and get inside, and when he launched into an explanation of how to get OUT of it, Subhadra fell asleep. Abhimanyu thus lost out on those details. Because of his mother‘s ‘tamas‘, Abhimanyu lost his life in the Mahabharata war- he could get in but could not get out of the Chakravyuh! A mother especially play a crucial role in parenting at all stages of her child‘s life.

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Satish, that is a really great article! Looking forward to more.

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